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Nærøy kommune
View of the Opløfjord in Nærøy
View of the Opløfjord in Nærøy
Coat of arms of Nærøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Nærøy kommune
Trøndelag within
Nærøy within Trøndelag
Nærøy within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°56′01″N 11°46′47″E / 64.93361°N 11.77972°E / 64.93361; 11.77972Coordinates: 64°56′01″N 11°46′47″E / 64.93361°N 11.77972°E / 64.93361; 11.77972
Country Norway
County Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Established 1 Jan 1838
Administrative centre Kolvereid
 • Mayor (1999) Steinar Aspli (Sp)
 • Total 1,067.54 km2 (412.18 sq mi)
 • Land 1,013.89 km2 (391.47 sq mi)
 • Water 53.65 km2 (20.71 sq mi)  5%
Area rank #96 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 5,138
 • Rank #198 in Norway
 • Density 5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 1.3%
Demonym(s) Nærøyværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
ISO 3166 code NO-5051
Official language form Bokmål
Website naroy.kommune.no

Nærøy is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. Nærøy is part of the Namdalen region. Norway's smallest town, Kolvereid, is the administrative centre of the municipality. Some villages in Nærøy include Abelvær, Foldereid, Gravvik, Lund, Ottersøy, Salsbruket, Steine, and Torstad.

The 1,068-square-kilometre (412 sq mi) municipality is the 96th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Nærøy is the 198th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 5,138. The municipality's population density is 5.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (13/sq mi) and its population has increased by 1.3% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

Nærøy was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 July 1869, the western island district was separated from Nærøy to become the new municipality of Vikten. This left Nærøy with 1,477 residents. On 1 January 1902, an unpopulated area of Kolvereid was transferred to Nærøy municipality.

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the neighboring municipalities of Kolvereid (population: 2,426), Nærøy (population: 2,182), Gravvik (population: 816), and the western two-thirds of Foldereid were merged to form the new, larger municipality of Nærøy.[3]

On 8 June 2017, the Norwegian Parliament, the Storting, voted to merge the municipalities of Leka, Vikna, Nærøy, and Bindal to form one, large municipality effective 1 January 2020.[4] Leka and Bindal municipalities rejected the merger, but Vikna and Nærøy will merge on that date to form the new municipality of Nærøysund.[5]

On 1 January 2018, the municipality of Nærøy switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


The Old Norse form of the name was Njarðøy. The first element is maybe the stem form of the name of the Norse god Njord (but it is suspicious that it is not in the genitive case). The last element is øy which means "island". Historically, the name has had varying spellings such as Nærø or Nærøen.[6][7]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms is from modern times; they were granted on 22 May 1987. The arms are based on the seal of King Håkon Magnusson from 1344, on a document in which the King granted several rights to the local farmers. The seal shows the St. Mary in a portal decorated with fleur-de-lis, the symbol of the St. Mary. The arms show a combination of three fleur-de-lis on a gold background. The fleur-de-lis design is red, since the local water lilies generally have a red color.[8]


The Church of Norway has four parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Nærøy. It is part of the Namdal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Nærøy
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Foldereid Foldereid Church Foldereid 1863
Gravvik Gravvik Church Gravvik 1875
Kolvereid Kolvereid Church Kolvereid 1874
Lund Chapel Lund 1965
Salsbruket Chapel Salsbruket 1950
Nærøy Lundring Church Lundring 1885
Steine Chapel Steine 1911
Torstad Chapel Torstad 1936


The municipality is located in the northwestern part of Trøndelag county, along the Foldafjord. It includes the islands of Austra and Gjerdinga and the Kvingra peninsula. Several large lakes are located in the municipality including Mjosundvatnet, Salsvatnet, and Storvatnet.


All municipalities in Norway, including Nærøy, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor. The municipality falls under the Namdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Nærøy is made up of 27 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[9]

Nærøy Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet9
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet2
 Conservative PartyHøyre3
 Christian Democratic PartyKristelig Folkeparti1
 Centre PartySenterpartiet10
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti1
 Liberal PartyVenstre1
Total number of members:27


Norwegian County Road 17 crosses the northeastern part of the municipality. There is a large network of bridges in the municipality that connect islands and cross fjords. Most notably is the Marøysund Bridge and Nærøysund Bridge which connect Nærøy to Vikna to the west. Also Hestøy Bridge and Smines Bridge connect the village of Lund to Fosnes municipality to the south.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ "Kommunesammenslåing Nærøy, Vikna, Leka, og Bindal" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Leka kommune. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  5. ^ "Navn på ny kommune" (in Norwegian). Vikna kommune. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 
  6. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Nærøy – Nord-Trøndelag" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  7. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 354. 
  8. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 
  9. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. 

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